Alan Courtis Live AR 2014


In-formed Music

"In-formed Music" by Alan Courtis is a composition for "newspaper ensemble", which means a group of (at least 12) players using newspapers as their only musical instruments. The piece is based in a graphic score and it has been played by ensembles from USA, Switzerland and United Kingdom. The players are divided in groups and are required to play the newspapers in diverse ways, controlling the volume and also creating different sound textures and dynamics. The piece works better played by a large number of players in an indoor auditorium. Alan Courtis was born in 1972 in Argentina. He has more than 300 solo releases and collaborations on worldwide labels, and has toured extensively in Japan, China, Europe, USA, Oceania & Latin America. His written music has been played in United Kingdom, Switzerland, Wales, USA and LatinAmerica. He’s been artist in residence at EMS (Stockholm) and USF (Norway) and has been commissioned by Phoenix Basel Ensemble (Switzerland), Český Rozhlas (Czech Republic). He has collaborated with musicians like: Merzbow, Pauline Oliveros, Phill Niblock, Eddie Prevost, Lee Ranaldo, Jim O’Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide, Mats Gustafsson, Yoshimi, L.A.F.M.S., Tetuzi Akiyama, Daniel Menche, RLW, C.Spencer Yeh, Okyung Lee, etc. His recent music can be described as having a strongly experimental sensibility, based on high-skilled techniques with traditional and unusual instruments (eg. unstringed guitar).